ExploraVision is a K-12 STEM competition that focuses on what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Working with a teacher, teams of up to 4 students pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Here are some sample projects.
Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. More than 350,000 students in the United States and Canada have participated in ExploraVision since its 1992 debut.
Students can win up to $10,000 in U.S. savings bonds. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a retinal lens to counter the cloudy vision of people with macular degeneration to a hand-held food-allergen detector. To celebrate the contest’s 25th year, the top 25 teachers who submit the most projects can win technology.
The competition is open to students enrolled in public and private schools or home educated in the United States and Canada. See the full eligibility requirements here.
Projects must be received at Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, online or by mail at 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000 by 11:59 pm EST, Monday, February 6, 2017.